What’s the name of the dragon in The Hobbit?

What’s the name of the dragon in The Hobbit?
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It’s not that J.R.R. Tolkien invented modern fantasy as a genre, but he certainly brought it to the masses in a way that had never been done before. When The Hobbit was first published in 1937, it was not only widely praised by critics, it was a huge commercial success. It has become one of the best-selling books in literary history, with over 100 million copies (and counting) sold.

Allegedly, the inspiration for the book came to Tolkien in a bit of a flash. As he looked a blank page one day in the early 1930s, he suddenly wrote, "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." Some people just have it rough, don’t they?

Of course, one of the biggest draws of the story is the looming dragon. Without the dragon, there would be no need for Bilbo Baggins to go there and back again. What’s the name of that infamous dragon from The Hobbit?

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